Sunday, June 10, 2012

Meet The Shadow Legion Part Three: Dreamcatcher

It's time to once again take a look at some of the great character designs Michelle Sciuto came up with when I started working on New Roads To Hell...and we're focusing now on what may very well be the most powerful character.

Meet Dreamcatcher.

If you read my last essay, you'll recall that all of the initial heroes in The Shadow Legion derived from extant characters in the DC Universe. Of all of these, Dreamcatcher has moved away from her inspiration the most; the truth is, there's pretty much nothing left of that character in the lovely Ms. Maybelle Tremens.

Dreamcatcher is the first of the Tremens women to exist in the Age Of The Mystery Men that serves as New Roads To Hell's backdrop....but she's not the first Tremens woman to defend this reality. For some reason, the women in the Tremens family line are mystical mutants who absorb ambient mystic energy and reshape and refocus it for their own purposes. Luckily for us, the Tremens have chosen to protect Earth from intrusions by the supernatural stretching back to the dark ages. Not all of them have lived full lives, but the world has been safer for their presence.

This is not the first Tremens woman I have written about--somewhere in my files is a fragment of a short story featuring Meredith Tremens, who served as the unofficial protector of Chimera Falls for a time. I'd had the idea for the Tremens family for some time; when Dreamcatcher began to take fuller shape, it made sense to transplant her into that extant character's backstory. Hell, there's even a small reference to Meredith in New Roads!

One thing else....this won't become apparent in the first book, but Dreamcatcher is one of two Legacy Characters that will patrol the City of Nocturne. Comic book fans may be nodding right now....but if you're not familiar with the term, you'll soon find out.

As always, feel free to leave questions about our beauteous crusader in the comments section below!

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